Beccles-based Aquablast, specialists in a recycling process using ultra-high pressure water, have become in the latest company to benefit from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Small Grant Scheme, which awards grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 to help firms grow. The funding is from the European Regional Development Fund.
The company, which has just celebrated 30 years in business, has pioneered a number of environmentally friendly recycling processes using ultra-high pressure water jets. One of their services is the recycling of scrap rubber crawler tracks from diggers and excavators, reducing the use of landfill disposal. No other sustainable recycling process for rubber tracks exists because they cannot be fed into scrap tyre shredding machines as the steel and rubber is bound together.
The Recyclatrack process turns tracks into rubber powder for products such as playground surfaces
The company used £1,600 from the Small Grant Scheme towards the cost of a seven-ton folk-lift which is double the size of their previous vehicle. It means the rubber tracks can be manoeuvred more easily within the plant and their recycling operation – “Recyclatrack” – is faster.
This high-tech process separates the materials in the rubber tracks which can be recycled. The steel is sold for scrap and the rubber crumb has multiple re-usable applications such as playground surfaces. The water used throughout the process is collected, filtered, cleaned and then pumped back into the high pressure jets.
Company Director Andrew Watt said: “These rubber tracks are extremely heavy and come in all shapes and sizes which can be very difficult to handle. The micro grant has accelerated the purchase of a more powerful fork-lift and this makes the recycling process slicker, saving us time and will help us to increase turnover.”
The New Anglia Growth Hub is calling for more businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk to apply for funding to help them grow. Call 0300 333 6536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org